The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today urged the authorities to investigate the killing of citizen journalist Nazimuddin Samad who died in Dhaka last week.
“I condemn the murder of Nazimuddin Samad,” the Director-General said. “It is important that the authorities investigate this crime thoroughly as it targeted not only an individual, but freedom of expression for all citizens of Bangladesh.”
Nazimuddin Samad, a law student and blogger, was attacked and killed on the night of Wednesday 6 April in the capital of Bangladesh.
The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.
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UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”